The company possesses one of only two licenses by the NRC to store and process highly enriched uranium (HEU). This strategic material is of extreme value because of the cost in enriching natural uranium, as well as the requirements of storage, processing and transporting enriched material. NFS maintains the highest level of security at the facility, and safely stores and processes varying forms of HEU.
HEU is the essential fuel material for certain important defense industries. The material is used for U.S. nuclear weapons and as fuel for nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carriers and submarines. While NFS does not produce nuclear weapons, it is the leading supplier of HEU fuel to the U.S. Navy.
This highly specialized process for utilization of HEU for naval fuels was perfected by NFS in the 1960s and was sold to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) who holds the patent for the chemical process.
NFS expertise in HEU fuel manufacturing also led to a breakthrough process to convert government HEU material that once was intended for nuclear weapons into low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel (less than five percent enrichment) to power commercial reactors that generate electricity. This innovation is an important asset for America’s contribution to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.